Belle Dingle is back in the Dales fold and dayyyuuum, that girl’s got attitude. She has a good right to however; she’s just left imprisonment for the accidental killing of her best friend and is still haunted by the fateful day that a bit of a shove sent Gemma off this mortal coil. It isn’t helping, of course, that she feels everyone is gawping and talking about her; not least of all newcomer Lachlan, a worryingly irritating addition to the otherwise fantastic White family who took Belle on a hot chocolate date purely because he wanted to know what it was like to kill someone. Not the best chat up line to open with; I always find that the discussion of previous murders is a second date kind of thing, but that’s just me.
She went on to have a run in with the surly Gabby, who can do no wrong in Bernice’s eyes, but the wee bratette soon regretted getting on Bad Belle’s wrong side when she was warned that she could follow in Gemma’s clumsy footsteps and become the latest murdered schoolgirl of the Dales. Bernice was none too happy with this development and she wasted no time in confronting Lisa, who returned home to find the word MURDERER daubed across the Dingle walls. It was no Banksy, but it had the desired effect of unnerving everyone.
Belle and Gabby weren’t the only ones causing problems for their parents as attention bereft Noah tried to lead the suddenly very teenage (when did THAT happen!?) Jacob down a path of destruction. Well a bit of naughtiness like graffiti and littering, but it’s a slippery slope and Alicia was keen to nip this in the bud. She went straight to Charity, who had just threatened to neuter Lachlan, and raised her concerns. This gave Charity a wake up call to spend some more time with Noah…and also to ban the little terror from his ski trips.
Aside from the Supernanny style side plots of children running riot, Priya and Rakesh had decided it was time to come clean about their secret reunion. As they celebrated this decision with a kiss; they were caught out by the ever cheerful Jai, who was none too impressed by what he saw. This sped up the eventual announcement to Rishi and Georgia but it seemed to go down well. Jai was still quite sullen about it all, however, but he also had other things on his mind. A stranger had sent him a photo of his missing son Archie and Jai appears on the precipice of a breakthrough in his mission to find the lad. But, I can guarantee that his reunion with Archie is going to open up a whole new Pandora’s Box.
In other news, Jimmy was making the most of Nicola and Bernice’s attentions, even getting them to deliver beer and ketchup to him as he lay on the sofa. Enjoy it while it lasts, Jimbo. Joy is fleeting, especially in Emmerdale.
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Written By Our Man In The North